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>> tonight continuing fallout from the ris ig-- resignation of cii-- cia director david petraeus. congress returns this week but can it avoid the fiscal cliff? david martin outlines the budget cuts the pentagon is facing. california's vote for higher taxes for schools. carter evans talks to teachers and kids. >> we want to have a good life, we want to have great careers. >> jeff: and on this veteran's day lee cowan hears from parents who lost their only child to a man wearing an afghan army uniform. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news." good evening, everyone, i'm jeff glor, two days after the abrupt resignation of
cia director david petraeus more details are emerging about the chain of events that lead to his depar ture. we begin tonight with bob orr in washington. >> good luck, sir. >> reporter: sources say the down fall of cia director david petraeus was rooted in jealousy. the f business, uncovered evidence of an affair between petraeus and his biographer paula broadwell after she sent harassing messages to another woman who broadwell thought was too close to petraeus. source have identified the second woman as 37-year-old jill kelley of the tampa area. cbs news has been told kelley is a civilian without does work for the u.s. central command. petraeus headed the central command from late 2008 to mid 2010. and during that time presented kelley and her husband an award for raising money to pay for junior enlisted men and women to attend military balls. petraeus has told friends that he had no romantic involvement with kelley.
and only saw her when she was with her husband. law enforcement officials say they found no evidence to refute that. and described kelley as a victim who received and messages.threatening some close to petraeus say he's told them the affair with broadwell began about two months after he took over the central intelligence agency in september 2011. and the affair ended about four months ago. friends of petraeus say he described the trust with broadwell as infrequent and he say he never pursued her after the affair ended. now law enforcement officials stress to us that kelley is in no trouble at all. in fact no one is roicly to face any criminal charges here. the fbi investigation in the end found only a personal affair and no concerns about national security. jses bob orr, thank you. after 52 days away members of congress get back to work on tuesday to the exact same place they left, the edge of a fiscal cliff. unless action is taken by january 1st, the bush era tax cuts expire and
across-the-board spending cuts automatically take place. the total cost 1.2 trillion in spending cuts over a decade. the congressional budget ofce says that contraction would lead the unemployment rate to rise to 9.1%. on face the nation today lindsey graham said while republican was not support raising taxes, they would consider other ways of raising revenue as part of a comprehensive plan. >> failure is not an option for the country when it comes to fiscal cliff. >> jeff: house speaker john boehner held a conference call with his members telling them compromise was needed. obama senior advisor david axelrod called boehner's congress to members encouraging. >> i think there are a lot of ways to skin this cat so long as everybody comes with a positive, constructive attitude toward the task. >> jeff: if the automatic spending cuts happen, exactly 50% of the board without fall on the pentagon.
national security correspondent david martin lays out what that would mean. >> reporter: the dreaded sequestration would double the $500 billion in cuts the pentagon is already planning to make over the next decade. defense secretary panetta has not minced words about what that would mean. >> if a sequestration is allowed to go into effect it will be a disaster for national defense. >> reporter: according to panetta the new american strategy of pivoting away from the wars in iraq and afghanistan toward the pas civic and an emerging chinese superpower would come undone. >> all of thatan go to hell if this congress doesn't face up and deal with the issue of sequestration. >> reporter: in this letter to senators panetta warned that by the time sequestration was over the u.s. would have its smallest ground force since 1940, smallest navy since 1915, and smallest air force ever. a bleak prediction which ignores the quantum leap in weapons technology between then and now.
as the president pointed out in the debates, no other country comes close. >> we spend more on our military than the next ten countries combined. china, russia, france, the united kingdom, you name it next test-- . >> reporter: sequestration would not change that according to the center for strategic and budgetary assessment it is not the size of the cuts, about $50 billion a year that would be so damaging but the fact that they would be across-the-board. panetta adds that except for military pay every program from the joint strike fight tore military band was be cut by the same amount, 23%. >> it's absolutely a foolish thing to do. if you want to cut the defense budget that's fine. this is a foolish way to do it. >> reporter: in other words, if the pentagon were allowed to pick and choose its cuts sequestration might not be the disaster secretary panetta is predicting. david martin, cbs news, the pentagon. >> jeff: pentagon contractors aren't the only one in with a stake in this
debate. 120,000 small contractors take part in the federal marketplace. a market worth $500 billion. >> lowell vant slot is scrambling to run every conceivable planning scenario for 2013. he's the military contracts manager for u.s. technologies which does 60% of its business with the defense department. >> not knowing exactly what to expect is not a position anybody wants to be in because we're affecting people's lives here. we don't want to laypeople off. >> we ran them all through. >> the $12 million new jersey based company makes parts in electronics for defense systems but with the potential for deep cuts in spending looming on january 2nd orders from the military are slowing down. >> they were supposed to order 4 -- of something, so far they've ordered two. >> this year american companies made 36 million meals ready to eat or mres. 9 million combat uniforms, nearly a million pairs of
combat boots. even the giants depend on thousands of smaller companies. 1300 suppliers in 45 states build lockheed martin's 535. boeing's c-17 contain parts in 44 states. all of it could be affected by the possibility of 1.2 trillion in spending cuts. >> when you suddenly stop that, that is when gruing to see catastrophic impacts on businesses and terms of their ability to survive, even. >> if the automatic cuts happen the congressional research service predicts a loss of 1.4 million jobs next year. now the recovery efforts from sandy. tonight more than 166,000 customers in three states remain without power. nearly two weeks after the storm. the death toll rose by one today to 113. fema says it's approved more than $411 million in housing and other individual aid.
mark strassmann is in brooklyn, new york where help is still needed. >> new york's veteran's day parade was also a salute to the city's recovery from sandy, at least in manhattan. >> i feel like i'm back in vietnam. >> but 14 miles away in brooklyn vietnam veteran danny smith walked to a gas line to wait for an hour for national guardsman to give him five free gallons. >> without the gas for this generator, you would be in trouble. >> i wouldn't be able to charge a cell phone. and the cell phone is your life line to the insurance companies and to other families who are trying to find out are you okay. >> and a cold night you wouldn't have heat. >> no heat. >> reporter: in brooklyn's working class gerrittsen beach community all the streets were flooded by sandy's storm surge. almost two weeks later no one here has power. >> tough, very tough t is scary it is dark here at night with no lights. >> reporter: 1700 of the 2400 homes were damaged or destroyed. and residents complained they have been forgotten in the city's recovery.
smith showed us the neighborhood. >> he got wiped out. she got wiped out. they got wiped out. >> reporter: his cousin's house is wet and cold. >> bathroom used to be over here. >> reporter: insurance inspectors is have yet to survey the damage caused by seven feet of floodwater in the basement. in this close knit multigenerational community many families lost everything. ruined heirlooms sit before many houses. but smith salvaged something special this veteran's day, letters he wrote to his moth frere vietnam. >> december 24th, 1966. >> yup, how do you put a price tag on that. >> reporter: many houses here look like this inside. dark, dank and depressing. this family has lived here for 42 years. they say they want to rebuild. but they're still waiting for the insurance adjuster and the power to come back on, jeff. >> jeff: mark strassmann, thank you. new jersey was the state hardest hit by sandy. as tony guida shows us tonight people along its
famed shore are trying to salvage what remains. >> reporter: no place took a stronger punch from sandy than ortley beach, new jersey. the town has been closed, off limits since the storm hit. today kim rosa got a police escort to see her home for the first time. it wasn't much to see. >> we were hoping to prepare ourselves and have an idea of what to expect. but i done think it could prepare you when you see it in person. >> reporter: the entire ground floor of rosa's house was washed away. a sorrowful sight for a woman coming here since she was a child. she hopes her children will be able one day to visit a rebuilt beach house. >> i hope we can go back and create new memories. >> reporter: 40 miles up the coast in union beach reclamation is well under way. carol doherty lost everything inside her home to sandy. but mennonites from pennsylvania are among the many volunteers who have been here for a week helping her and other homeowners recover. >> i think it's starting to
hit me today. but i still have to be grateful. there are friends that i work with that don't even have a home. >> reporter: of the 2300 homes here in union beach, fully 1400 sustained damage, 50 were destroyed. but homeowners here as with those across the jersey shore vow to rebuild if they can. tony guidea, cbs news, union beach, new jersey. >> jeff: later insider attack. the sorrow and anger of an american family whose shawn n was killed by an afghan soldier. the chinese businesswoman criticizing her country's leadership at a very delicate time. and californians decide to raise taxes on themselves. the implications of prop 30. those stories when the "cbs evening news" continues.
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mabry was given the chance than we knew he would be okay. >> reporter: but a few months back mabry's usually upbeat e-mails changed. >> the last thing that he wrote was that he was scared and that he was afraid he wasn't coming home. >> reporter: and what was he afraid of? >> he said what he really felt that his most dangerous part of his job was working with the afghan soldiers. he thought that if something was going happen t that is probably what was going get him. >> reporter: did he feel like he was constantly looking over his shoulder. >> yes, he quit sleeping. he wouldn't sleep at all. >> reporter: in automatic mabry's unit was clearing a vehicle hit by a roadside bomb when an afghan soldier in a passing convoy opened fire. man rooi and staff sergeant birdwell died instantly. >> basically his gun hold 57 to 100 rounds and he shot them all at both of them within 10 seconds and none of the afghan soldiers, the other guys that were with him tried to stop him in any way, shape or form.
>> reporter: the gunman was later killed by u.s. troops. his family chraping he had been trained by at taliban called him a martyr. >> he's not a mar ter, it's just a murder es. that's not combat, that is just cowardice. >> trust between u.s. and afghan forces is being tested as never before. and mabry's family fears the afghan patience is wearing thin too. >> we talked with mabry and his friends. they feel like the vast majority of people don't want them there any more. they feel like they really do hate them. >> reporter: mabry didn't expect war to be an easy fight. what he did expect was a fair fight. lee cowan, cbs news, baker city, oregon. >> jeff: that is the "cbs evening news" tonight. later on cbs, "60 minutes." i'm jeff glor, cbs news in new york. scott pelley will be here tomorrow. good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh access.wgbh.org